Woodlawn wins, 83-81, at buzzer

January 05, 1995|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Marc Bragg of Woodlawn said he likes the ball in clutch situations -- and last night he made a believer out of Perry Hall.

Bragg followed his own miss with a short jumper as time ran out to give host Woodlawn an 83-81 victory over Perry Hall in a Baltimore County Class 3A-4A game.

Perry Hall had tied it on Chris Kelly's three-pointer with 17 seconds left. The Gators stole the inbounds pass, but missed a short shot.

Bragg got the rebound, and Woodlawn (5-3, 3-2) raced downcourt. Kevin Parsons (16 points) missed a jumper with seven seconds left. Bragg grabbed the rebound, but he misfired on a short jumper with three seconds left.

But Bragg (10 rebounds) got that rebound, too, and made a 10-footer in the lane as the buzzer sounded.

"I felt like I owed my team something," said Bragg, who scored nine points. "They count on me to be a big part of the scoring."

Rebounding turned out to be the biggest part of the Woodlawn scoring. The Warriors pulled down 51 rebounds (Perry Hall got 37), including 26 on the offensive end.

The biggest offensive boards came in the fourth quarter. Woodlawn got 11 second chances in the final quarter, something Perry Hall (4-3, 4-3) could not overcome.

"Good shooting and offensive rebounds [make up] for a lot of sins," said Woodlawn coach Dan Hewins. "I told them at halftime the game would be won on defense and on the boards."

Woodlawn used its offensive rebounding to jump to an early lead. The Warriors came up with eight offensive rebounds in the first quarter and took an early nine-point lead that Perry Hall spent the rest of the game trying to overcome.

Perry Hall led for a while during the second quarter, but the Woodlawn speed and defensive pressure made the difference. Woodlawn often pressed and trapped and forced the Gators into 21 turnovers -- including 17 in the first half.

Karl Sorrell (17 points), Marcel Smith (13 points) and Keion Carpenter (12 points) all helped fuel the Woodlawn fast break.

Perry Hall, meanwhile, relied on some long-range firing to stay close. The Gators hit some key three-point shots -- including Kelly's and a 55-footer from Matt DiCapua at the end of the first period.

Ryan Pancake (16 points), Devlin Green (15 points) and Calvin Phillips (14 points) all sparked the offense, as did Brandon Phillips (11 points) and Kelly.

Perry Hall appeared in control when Brandon Phillips and Calvin Phillips combined for an 8-0 run to give the Gators a 77-73 lead with 1:52 left. But Carpenter made a free throw five seconds later, and Parsons tied the game with a three 20 seconds after that.

Perry Hall missed a couple of chances to take the lead before Woodlawn jumped in front on two Smith free throws with 1:06 left. A Green free throw cut the lead to one before Sorrell's follow-up jumper stretched the lead to 81-78 with 33 seconds left.

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